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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Reminder Regarding Posting Bills

The City of Ithaca would like to remind our residents and visitors that the posting of bills, advertisements, or flyers is not allowed on any public property in the city, including trees, telephone poles, and lampposts. Posting to private property is by permission of the property owner.

While we wish success for our local businesses and organizations wishing to gain exposure and reach our residents, failure to act in accordance with City Code Section 250-1 “Bill Posting” may result in the issuance of a fine. The Code is copied below for reference. 

Thank you for your cooperation.


§ 250-1Bill posting. 

A. 
No person, other than the owner, shall by any means affix, mark, or place or cause to be placed, or hire or direct any other person to so place any sign, poster, notice or advertisement on City property or upon any publicly or privately owned tree, pole, sidewalk, or structure thereon situated, other than such signs as may be needed by the companies or institutions owning or operating such site and other than such public notice as may be authorized or required by law, without the written consent or the posted invitation of the property owner.

B. 
No person, other than the owner, shall by any means affix, mark or place, or cause to be so placed or hire or direct any other person to place any sign, poster, advertisement, notice or other matter upon private property except with written permission of the owner of said property and in accordance with all other provisions of this municipal code.

C. 
Where the sign, poster, advertisement, notice or other matter consists of a commercial advertisement, it shall be presumed that the vendor of the specified product, service or entertainment is a person who placed such advertisement or caused it to be placed upon the property. For the purposes of this section, the term "vendor" shall mean all persons and/or legal entities who are intended to benefit financially from such advertisement.

D. 
Where the sign, poster, advertisement, notice or other matter consists of a noncommercial advertisement, it shall be presumed that the organizer or sponsor of the specified event, service entertainment, or group is a person who placed such advertisement or caused it to be placed upon the property. For the purposes of this section, the term "organizer" or "sponsor" shall mean all persons and/or legal entities who are involved in organizing or sponsoring this event.

E. 
Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment of not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, provided that the penalty shall be not less than $80 for a second offense within a twelve-month period, and not less than $100 for a third offense within a twelve-month period. Each day on which the violation exists may be charged and shall be considered as a separate offense.

F. 
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, word, section or part of this section shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.[2]